Luke Smallbone, one half of the Grammy-winning CCM duo for KING & COUNTRY, shared some exciting personal news this week. Smallbone, who was diagnosed with a severe form of the digestive disease known as Ulcerative Colitis (UC) in 2012, announced that doctors report his UC is in remission.
"For the last 5 years, I’ve hoped to hear a doctor say, 'Luke, you’re in remission' but that statement has eluded me up until 2 days ago," Smallbone posted on social media along with the photo above. "This picture was taken shortly after I woke from a small procedure that confirmed that remission has taken place. I used to wonder why I got sick but I don’t anymore. It’s been the single greatest tool in teaching me about the grace of Jesus and because of that, this disease is something I can’t help but thank God for. It’s taught me, JOY!"
Smallbone has spoken openly about his disease on several occasions. In the past, UC landed him in the critical care unit and required him to miss 40 tour stops. He added, "Thanks for your prayers. Thanks for the encouragement. Thanks for your friendship!"
You can see for KING & COUNTRY perform brand new Christmas songs and previous holiday recordings, as well as some of their biggest hits as they join Casting Crowns on a holiday tour featuring Rebecca St. James. A Glorious Christmas Tour, presented by Compassion International, kicks off Nov. 30, in Austin, Texas, and travels to major markets across the U.S., including Houston, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and more, before wrapping up in Atlanta on Dec. 17. Tickets are available for purchase now at christmas.forkingandcountry.com.